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Is Shingles contagious? No, my husband has a rash on one

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Is Shingles contagious? JA: Have you...
Is Shingles contagious?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: No, my husband has a rash on one side of his lower back--we both have had the Shingles shot! He has been using a steroid ointment.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No!
Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Medical
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Hello,

Thanks you for the question.

If your question is, whether shingles can be transmitted from one person to another, then the answer is NO shingles cannot be transmitted to you, and is not contagious in this way.

However, a person having active shingles with rash, can transmit the Varicella zoster virus to another person who has never had chickenpox, through direct contact with the shingles rash.

Take care.

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